"Ich gehe in einem Park spazieren."

Translation:I am going for a walk in a park.

April 8, 2013

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Supposing you know how to use in/into correctly in English, German shows you the way. In + Dativ is always "in", In + Akkusativ is always "into". Next question: when do I use Dativ or Akkusativ after "in" in German. One of the ways to describe the difference is to see if the situation is "dynamic" or "non-dynamic". In "Ich gehe in einem Park spazieren" you can think of the park as a box. You will be moving, but always inside the box. >> dative >> "in". Using the image of a box: "Ich stelle das Buch in den Schrank". the book is moved from one box (your hand/the table) into another box (the bookcase) >> Akkusativ >> into. So going from one box into the other is "into"


so if I still outside the park (e.g. at home), and I'm going there to take a walk around, do i say "Ich gehe in einen Park zu spazieren"?


I answered "I go to walk in a park" and it seems to be incorrect, why? I imagined the context where you are speaking about what you usually do in your day by day...


I think you were right. The bare infinitive is where English differs across the Atlantic...


I'm having trouble with "in." Sometimes Duolingo wants me to translate it as "in," and other times as "into." Is there a way to tell which is which?


'Into' is accusative and 'in' is dative case.

Ich gehe im Park = I am walking in the park (dative).

Ich gehe in den Park = I am walking into the park (accusative).

In this instance, accusative indicates change (I wasn't in the park but I am going to be) and dative means you're walking in the park already and will continue doing so.

Ich gehe ins Klo (accusative) = I am going to the toilet

Ich gehe im Klo (dative) = I am walking around in the toilet

It is a bit difficult to get ones head around at first but it becomes second nature.

Dative Masculine = Dem | Neutral = Dem | Feminine = Der | Plural = Den

Dative Masculine = Den | Neutral = Das | Feminine = Die | Plural = Die


I think you meant to write accusative for your last sentence ie Accusative Masculine = Den | Neutral = Das | Feminine = Die | Plural = Die. It is a case of the brain thinking one thing and then just typing something else:) Ooops...


Isn't accusative masculine 'der'?


No. Nominative masculine is "der", accusative masculine is indeed "den"


I am going in a park for a walk would be acceptable in English... but it is marked incorrect by Duolingo


Could it be written as "Ich gehe in einem Park, um zu spazieren"?


No, the verb is spazieren gehen.


Can i say this like this: "Ich gehe spazieren in einem Park"


Someone in a previous comment said "Spazieren" was like walking for pleasure, as in jogging. Is this so? I answered "I go jogging in a park" and was marked wrong.


Is spazieren in infinitive form here?


This would suggest also to be "I go for a stroll in a park" as a native English speaker.


Sorry, but I simply CANNOT understand this poor girl! At least 90% of the time. Some of it is my ears, ja, but....

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